Job Description


Migration, refugee movements and internal displacement shaped the African continent in the past decades and gained renewed relevance with a rising number of displaced persons in recent years. Migration is by nature transnational and thus needs Coordination and management beyond the national level. The African Union (AU) took up its responsibility in developing continent-wide positions and strategies and setting standards on migration, mobility and displacement. Together with its Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the AU is charged with the responsibility of coordinating and overseeing the implementation of conventions and declarations on a continental, regional and national level. Further, the AU Commission (AUC) represents the continent in international and regional fora like the EU-Africa Migration and Mobility Dialogue, the UN Global Compact on Migration, etc., and assures the implementation of common agreements and action plans.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) commissioned a three-year project, implemented by GIZ, to support the AUC in the area of migration and displacement. The objective of this project is to strengthen the capacities of the African Union to realise its mandate in the area of migration, mobility, and displacement. GIZ supports its implementing partner, the AUC's Department of Social Affairs, in enhancing its coordination function on migration-related topics inside the AU as well as on the continent. It further supports the implementation of the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) on the level of RECs and member states. Finally, it supports different departments and organs within the AU to enhance their capacities in the broader field of migration (including diaspora, remittances, labour migration etc.) through an open fund.

Amid the current CIVOD-19 pandemic and related global crisis, the nexus of migration and health is becoming more relevant. The African Union has to develop guidelines, policies and support measures for its Member States and RECs on various aspects of migration displacement and health.


GIZ is, therefore, looking for mid-level and senior experts on migration and health with a minimum of 7 years of working experience in one or more of the following thematic fields of the MPFA with relation to health:

  • Migration and Health Governance: proven knowledge in global and African migration governance as well as health governance, as well as the interaction between the two topics at policy and structural levels

  • (Labour) Mobility and Health: proven knowledge regarding the free movement of persons, regional integration, etc. and the relation of mobility to health

  • Labour Migration and Health/Insurance Systems: proven knowledge of labour migration policies, legislation and structures at national and regional levels regarding the protection of migrant workers, especially in regard to access to Health Services, health insurance, as well as the incorporation of these in labour recruitment systems and bilateral labour agreements - and their Analysis under the lenses of the Joint Labour Migration Programme.

  • Humanitarian Assistance through diaspora engagement: proven knowledge regarding the migration-development nexus, diaspora participation and engagement, transfer of knowledge, skills and technologies as well as remittances, especially in regard to crises such as a pandemic.

  • Protection Regimes and Health: proven knowledge of international and African conventions and protocols regarding refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons as well as protection strategies with a specific focus on health provision/inclusion in health governance in displacement situations.

  • Reintegration and Health: proven knowledge regarding (socio-economic) reintegration and/or labour-marked integration in the area of voluntary return as well as irregular migration and displacement and the effects of crises, such as pandemics, on reintegration schemes.

  • Legal Drafting/ Policy Development: For all thematic fields experience in legal drafting with a focus on African Union Law/ Public International Law is required; Experience in Human Rights Law is of advantage.


A suitable candidate must fulfil the following general requirements:

  • Advanced degree in the field of International Relations, human rights, development, migration, law or any related field;

  • Knowledge of the global and African institutional environment regarding migration, mobility and displacement, and health;

  • Experience in legal drafting of policies, guidelines, international declarations and position papers;

  • Knowledge of global and regional processes in the field of migration, mobility and displacement;

  • Proven working or cooperation experience with regional, continental or global organisations;

  • Working experience with the AUC or other AU organs will be an asset/ of advantage;

  • Demonstrate effective ability for teamwork, as well as the ability to work independently;

  • Fluency in English required; fluency in French will be a strong asset;

  • Excellent communication skills;

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;

  • Willingness to travel on the African continent.

We highly encourage CVs from African candidates.

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